Women's Basketball Returns Home This Weekend

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PHILADELPHIA - Once again, Penn fans can see the Quakers for free worldwide on ESPN3.com. Last weekend, Penn (11-6, 2-1 Ivy) capped its first road sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth since 2004 with a win at Lavietes Pavilion on ESPN3.com. Now, the Quakers return home to The Palestra, where they have won six straight against Ivy opponents. The Red and Blue host Cornell (12-6, 3-1 Ivy) on Friday and Columbia (6-12, 0-4 Ivy) on Saturday. Both games tip off at 7 p.m., and can be seen on ESPN3.com.

Family Night - Register
Friday serves as the annual Family Night at The Palestra which always draws a crowd. The first 300 fans will receive a free t-shirt and kids will be able to shoot with the players prior to the game (5:30pm) and hear from head coach Mike McLaughlin. Kids will also be selected to play "Simon Says" on the court at halftime. Tickets are just $5. Register here, or contact Kristina Clark at krclark@upenn.eduor 215-898-9326 for more information.

Catching the Games
Fans can watch both games for free worldwide on ESPN3.com. The games will also be shown on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN.tv). Live stats can be found at PennAthletics.com, while live twitter updates (@PennWBB) are also available. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Series vs. Cornell/Columbia
- Against Cornell, Penn has swept the last two seasons after the Big Red won five of the first six of Coach McLaughlin’s tenure. Overall, Penn has won 52 of the previous 71 meetings and holds an all-time record of 31-8 over the Big Red at The Palestra.
- Against Columbia, Penn has won six straight games dating back to 2011, and has won four in a row at The Palestra. The last home loss to the Lions was in Coach McLaughlin’s first season. Overall, the Quakers lead the series against Columbia, 39-18, including a 24-4 record inside the Cathedral of College Basketball.

National Exposure
Last Saturday’s game at Harvard was the first of three straight Penn games on ESPN3.com. The Quakers earned three more ESPN3.com broadcasts—both games this weekend and a Feb. 21 matchup with Dartmouth. Fans can watch those game online or on their mobile device with a Watch ESPN app. Penn will also be featured in the season finale against arch rival Princeton with a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network. In last year’s season finale, the Quakers beat the Tigers in a de facto Ivy League championship game. Tip off is a 5 p.m., and will be followed by the men’s Penn-Princeton game which is also going to be broadcast on the CBS Sports.

Players of the Week
Two players garnered Player of the Week accolades on Monday. Senior captain Kathleen Roche was the Co-Ivy League Player of the Week, while freshman Anna Ross earned that distinction from the Big 5.

Magic Number: 60
The statistic that may most indicate a Penn win or loss? 60 points. Since head coach Mike McLaughlin took over at Penn, the Quakers are 53-9 (.855) when they score 60 points, including 26-1 over the last two seasons (only loss was to Texas in NCAA Tournament, 79-61). In comparison, the Quakers are just 24-75 (.242) when they’ve scored less than 60 points under Coach McLaughlin. The trend continues defensively. Over the last six seasons, the Red and Blue are 15-52 (.224) when allowing more than 60 points. But when holding opponents under that number, the Quakers hold a healthy winning record of 62-32 (.660).

Penn Trends
Penn has used the same starting lineup in 11 straight games (8-3) ... The Quakers have had four different leading scorers in the last four games (Ross, Stipanovich, Nwokedi and Boneberger), and four different leading rebounders in the last four games (same four) ... Penn has won 14 of the last 16 at The Palestra and 14 of the last 16 against the Ivy League ... The Quakers have won 20 of the last 21 and are 38-2 (.950) over the last three seasons when shooting better than 40 percent ... The Red and Blue have won 18 of the last 19 games when their free throw percentage is better than 70 percent ... Penn has won 34 of the last 36 games when outrebounding its opponent ... Penn is 21-1 and undefeated in regulation under head coach Mike McLaughlin when scoring more than 70 points (only loss came in double overtime, 88-84, at Harvard in 2011).

Streaking Quakers
Senior Kara Bonenberger has started 80 straight games and Kathleen Roche has started 49 in a row ... Freshman Michelle Nwokedi has four or more rebounds in nine of the last 10 games ... Junior Brooklyn Juday and sophomore Sade Gibbons each have a rebound in every game they’ve played ... Gibbons has made 8-of-9 field goal attempts this season and seven in a row ... Freshman Anna Ross has three or more assists in 11 of the last 12 games.

Nearing 1,000
You can start counting down. Senior Kara Bonenberger is now just 20 points shy of becoming the 20th player in Penn history with 1,000 for her career. The last Quaker to reach that milestone was Bonenberger’s former teammate and captain, Alyssa Baron, who did so on Nov. 30, 2012 and finished second all-time at Penn with 1,806 points.

Threes by the Hundred
In the non-conference finale, senior Kathleen Roche moved into sole possession of ninth-place on Penn’s all-time career made three’s list. She added five more last weekend and has knocked down 125 shots from beyond the arc in her career. She is one away from matching Carrie Biemer (2005-09) and Mikaelyn Austin (2001-04) for seventh place, and 16 behind Mandy West (1998-2000) for sixth. Roche owns the school record for threes in a half (six at St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 5, 2013) and is tops on the team with 30 threes this season.

Top 10 in the Nation
Entering this week, Penn ranks 10th in the nation as a team with 6.2 blocks per game, and is also one of the nation’s most diciplined teams as they rank sixth in the NCAA with just 13.3 fouls per game. The Quakers are also among the nation’s best in several other categories. Head Coach Mike McLaughlin has always had strong defensive teams and this year is no different. The Quakers rank second in the Ivy League and 15th in the NCAA in scoring defense (54.2)—on four occasions this year, they have held an opponent under 40 points. The team is also 19th among the 343 Division I schools in field goal percetange defense (.352).

Teammates Sydney Stipanovich and Kara Bonenberger are two of the top five shot blockers in school history. A sophomore, Stipanovich already ranks second on Penn’s all-time career blocks list and is moving up the Ivy League’s career list, while Bonenberger recently became the fifth player in school to reach 100 career blocks. Stipanovich’s 45 blocks this season are tops in the Ivy League, 19th in the nation and already rank seventh among the program’s single-season record book (she holds the school record with 99 blocks in a season).

About the Big Red
- Cornell has won nine of 11, but had its six-game winning streak snapped at Yale on Sunday. The Big Red have just one common opponent with Penn thus far in Drexel as both teams lost at the DAC.
- The Big Red rank near the middle of the pack in the Ivy League in most categories, but are second in the Ancient Eight in field goal percentage (.412) and assists. So far, they have made the fewest threes (61). Defensively, they are second in steals, but last in blocked shots.
- Sophomore sensation Nia Marshall is second in the Ivies with 17.3 points per game. Nicholle Aston also averages double digits at 11.9 points per game. Marshall also leads the league in steals (2.4/game), and is fifth in the league in rebounding (8.1/gm). Aston is second in the Ivies with a field goal percentage of 52.5. Christine Kline and Megan LeDuc rank third and fourth, respectively, in the league with 3.9 and 3.6 assists per game. Kline is also second to Marshall in the league with 2.4 steals per game.

About the Lions
-Columbia has lost its first four Ivy games after a 6-8 non-conference season. The Lions have two common opponents with Penn as the Quakers lost at Lafayette (Columbia won by seven at home) and Penn beat UMBC (Lions lost by 10).

- The Lions are the best free throw shooting team in the Ivy League (.755), but have the worst field goal percentage (.363) and seventh-best three-point percentage (.281). However, they do rebound those misses as they lead the league on the offensive boards. Defensively, Columbia is second-to-last in the Ivies allowing 68.9 points per game.
- Tori Oliver is third in the Ivies with 17.3 points per game, while Camile Zimmerman (14.4) and Alexa Giuliano (11.3) also average double figures for the Lions. Amara Mbionwu is third in the league with 8.9 rebounds per contest, while Sara Mead ranks fifth in steals with 1.9 per game. Oliver also leads the team with 18 blocks and is third in the Ancient Eight in minutes played

Two Penn Wins Would...
... mark the third straight sweep of Cornell and Columbia.
... extend Penn’s winning streak to five games.
... extend Penn’s Ivy home winning streak to eight games.
... mark the second straight 4-1 start in Ivy play.
... make the Quakers 13-6 overall this season.

One Penn Win Would...
... snap a four-game winning streak over Cornell or six-game winning streak over Columbia.
... make the Quakers 12-7 on the season and 3-2 in Ivy play.

Two Penn Loss Would...
... be the first time Penn has been swept by Cornell and Columbia since 2011 (first at home since 2010).
... make the Quakers 11-8 overall and 2-3 in league play.
... be less good than a win.

Last Time Out: W, 55-39 at Dartmouth | W, 74-69 at Harvard
Penn stifled Dartmouth on its home court, 55-39, on Friday night for the program’s all-time largest margin of victory at Leede Arena. Then on Saturday night, a pair of freshmen and a senior captain provided some clutch shooting late in the second half to lift the Quakers to a 74-69 win at Harvard. Five Quakers finished in double figures, including three freshmen, as Penn swept the road trip to Harvard and Dartmouth for the first time in 11 years and earned its first back-to-back wins at Lavietes Pavilion since 2000-01.

Up Next
Its the only road trip of the month for the Quakers, who visit Yale on Friday the 13th at 7 p.m., and Brown the following night at 6 p.m. Both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.


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